Grottes de Bétharram

Opening hours

Open

  • Monday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Tuesday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Wednesday Closed
  • Thursday Closed
  • Friday Closed
  • Saturday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm
  • Sunday 09:00 am - 12:00 am 01:30 pm - 05:00 pm

Closes at 12:00 am

Useful information

Location : Mountain

Province : Pays de Nay

Services

  • Chèques Vacances (Holiday voucher)
  • Credit card accepted
  • Disable access
  • Dutch spoken
  • English spoken
  • Entertainment
  • German spoken
  • Groceries shop/ Food
  • Groups
  • Parking
  • Seminar Room
  • Spanish spoken
  • English
    • The visited part of the caves covers 2.8 km with an impressive drop of 80 m. The underground course of the river is 3.5 km.

      The visitor enters the mountain through a natural opening: the upper part includes large rooms rich in concretions. The chasm connects this floor to that of the river. The lower part follows a natural fault, witness to the work of water.

      The visitor exits through an artificial tunnel dug from 1913 to 1924.

      The Bétharram Caves are located in two departments : one enters through the Pyrénées-Atlantiques and comes out through the Hautes-Pyrénées.

      Currently, visitors are welcomed on a large shaded car park with 500 spaces for passenger cars. A shuttle bus then takes them to the entrance to the caves located 2 km above.

      The Bétharram Caves are also a unique place. Open to the public in 1903, they offer a great diversity which makes it an essential place. Explore the interior beauty of the mountain and discover this series of caves on foot, by boat and by small train !

      After making the visit, the little train that transports them stops in front of a magnificent building built in 1924, one of the very first in France in reinforced concrete.

      In this hall, souvenirs, minerals, fossils and postcards are offered to the visitor.

      The underground circuit ends near the car and coach parking lot.

      OPENING DATES AND TIMES :

      February 11 to March 24

      • Monday to Thursday : visits at 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
      • Friday : visit at 2:30 p.m.
      Groups by reservation Monday to Friday

      from March 25 to October 30

      • Open 7 days a week 7 with departures from regular visits
      • Open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. (5 p.m. in September and October)

      July and August : continuous opening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Duration of the visit : 1h20

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Traveller Reviews Grottes de Bétharram

4.6 sur 5 5169 reviews

  • NGUYEN Thanh Van

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by NGUYEN Thanh Van on 09/07/2022

    It’s the biggest, most beautiful and best organized cave I’ve visited in France. Visitors could park their cars in the parking and ride a shuttle up the mountain where’re ticket office and cave’s entrance. The visit is by group with a guide. The first floor of the cave (wheelchair accessible) is biggest part of the cave with a lot of beautiful structures in curious shapes say stalactites and stalagmites. It is amazing to wonder how many centuries have passed to form them knowing that it takes 1 century to grow 1cm. Visitors continue to go down 80 m (260 feet) by stairs, have a shot ride by boat, walk the long a corridor( even change department underground) and take a train to go out. It’s a wonderful visit. The train ride is fun. Get out of the train we are at parking level no need to get up.

  • Amy Miller

    3 sur 5 Reviews posted by Amy Miller on 29/08/2022

    Great place to visit on a rainy day. The kids enjoyed the boat ride and train. Our guide Ludwig, was excellent. The queues to buy tickets could be avoided completely by if they had online sales or ticket machines. It's quite pricey too.

  • Christian

    5 sur 5 Reviews posted by Christian on 23/07/2022

    Had a really good experience there. It's not the most natural experience but for a family with children quite great. Very well organized and very friendly staff. Fair prices for snacks and coffee at the shop at the exit.

Traveller Reviews Grottes de Bétharram

4.0 sur 5 1049 reviews

  • "Not interesting for young children"

    2 / 5 Reviews posted by 132Gareth (Weybridge, United Kingdom) on 14/09/2022

    We visited based on the leaflet that gives the impression that this is a child friendly attraction with the boat and train ride being key parts of the visit. In reality the boat is pulled along a...

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  • "Beautiful caves and fun train ride"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by Audrey N (Enfield, United Kingdom) on 20/08/2022

    We went as a family, age ranking from 10 to 65. The children really enjoyed the whole experience while the eldest found the stairs a struggle. It would be good to have a bench or something to rest...

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  • "Very good experience"

    4 / 5 Reviews posted by DARIO258 (Hamrun, Malta) on 29/07/2022

    If you are staying in Lourdes we got tickets for both transfer and excursion from a ticket boot near the grotto. Paid a total of 30eur p/p for 2 way transfer and entrance tickets. We got the bus...

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Address

Chemin Léon Ross
65270 Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre

GPS coordinates

43° 6'6.29"N, 0° 11'12.94"W

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